Bates v. Astrue, No. 12-3359 (7th Cir. 2013)Annotate this Case
Bates has suffered from radiating neck pain since 2004, when a truck struck her car. Since then, she has continued to care for her six adopted children and dealt with the loss of her fiancé and her mother. As a result of the stress, Bates sought psychological and psychiatric treatment. She sought Supplemental Security Income. After her application was denied, Bates requested a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. The ALJ denied her application; the district court affirmed. The Seventh Circuit reversed and remanded for rehearing, finding that the ALJ improperly discounted the opinion of Bates’s treating psychiatrist and improperly evaluated Bates’s testimony concerning her mental health.